Announces Auditions for Much Ado About Nothing and A Few Good Men
Auditions for both shows will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Callbacks are scheduled for Wednesday, October 30, 2013. Exact callback times will be announced to auditioners.
AEA-only auditions will be from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29, but AEA members may sign up for any time slot. Non-AEA auditioners may audition from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on that same date.
Auditioners should indicate which show is of interest to them. Auditioning for one of the two shows or for both of them is perfectly acceptable, but the maximum time allotted is five minutes total per auditioner. Sides for both shows will be provided and available when signing up for a five-minute audition time slot.
All roles in both shows are currently open. There are roles in Much Ado About Nothing for 14 men and 6 women. In the cast of A Few Good Men, there are roles for 17 men and 1 woman. Character breakdowns will be listed at the sign-up sheet, but auditioners are encouraged to be intimately familiar with the play and its characters beforehand. All auditioners must be 18 years of age or older.
A photo and resume are recommended.
A Few Good Men
When Dawson and Downey are later arrested for Santiago's murder, naval investigator and lawyer Lieutenant Commander JoAnne Galloway suspects that they carried out a "code red" order, a violent extrajudicial punishment. Galloway requests to defend them, but instead the case is given to Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee, an inexperienced and unenthusiastic U.S. Navy lawyer. There is initial friction between Galloway, who resents his tendencies to plea bargains, and Kaffee, who resents her interference. Kaffee and his friend, Captain Jack Ross, who represents the prosecution, negotiate a bargain but Dawson and Downey refuse to go along. They insist that they were ordered by Lieutenant Kendrick to shave Santiago's head, minutes after Kendrick publicly ordered the platoon not to touch the would-be victim, and did not intend their victim to die. Kaffee is finally won over by Galloway and takes the case to court.
In the course of the trial, the defense manages to establish the existence of "code red" orders at Guantanamo and that Dawson specifically had learned not to disobey any order, having been denied a promotion after helping out a fellow Marine who was under what could be seen as a "code red". However, the defense also suffers setbacks when a cross-examination reveals that Private Downey wasn't actually present when he and Dawson supposedly received the "code red" order. Lieutenant Colonel Markinson reveals to Kaffee that Jessup never intended to transfer Santiago off the base but commits suicide rather than testify in court.
Much Ado About Nothing
At Messina, a messenger brings news that Don Pedro, a Spanish prince from Aragon, and his officers, Benedick and Claudio, have returned from a successful battle. Leonato, the governor of Messina, welcomes the messenger and announces that Don Pedro and his men will stay for a month. Beatrice, Leonato's niece, asks the messenger about Benedick, and makes sarcastic remarks about his ineptitude as a soldier. Leonato explains that "There is a kind of merry war between Seor Benedick and her."
Benedick and Beatrice, longtime adversaries, carry on their arguments. Claudios feelings for Hero, Leonato's only daughter, are rekindled upon seeing her, and Claudio soon announces to Benedick his intention to court her. Benedick, who openly despises love and marriage, tries to dissuade his friend but Don Pedro encourages the marriage. Benedick swears that he will never get married. Don Pedro laughs at him and tells him that when he has found the right person he shall get married.
A masquerade ball is planned in celebration, giving a disguised Don Pedro the opportunity to woo Hero on Claudios behalf. Don John, "The Bastard" (Don Pedro's illegitimate brother), is a malcontent who uses this situation to get revenge on his brother Don Pedro by telling young Claudio that Don Pedro is wooing Hero for himself. A furious Claudio confronts Don Pedro, but the misunderstanding is quickly resolved and Claudio wins Hero's hand in marriage.
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